Taking Off/The Innes Book of Records

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It may be that Neil Innes will always be most acclaimed for his work within the Bonzo Dog Band and the Rutles, particularly in the United States, where nothing else he's done has even gotten the cult audiences that those two bands did. Here paired together on one CD, his 1977 solo album, Taking Off, and its 1979 follow-up, The Innes Book of Records, might not be his best or funniest work, but they're certainly respectable efforts, even if they do tilt the focus away from his most riotous spoofs and toward his more conventional singer/songwriter talents. On each album, his skill for gently ribbing pastiches of a wide range of pop and rock styles is in abundance, ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It may be that Neil Innes will always be most acclaimed for his work within the Bonzo Dog Band and the Rutles, particularly in the United States, where nothing else he's done has even gotten the cult audiences that those two bands did. Here paired together on one CD, his 1977 solo album, Taking Off, and its 1979 follow-up, The Innes Book of Records, might not be his best or funniest work, but they're certainly respectable efforts, even if they do tilt the focus away from his most riotous spoofs and toward his more conventional singer/songwriter talents. On each album, his skill for gently ribbing pastiches of a wide range of pop and rock styles is in abundance, though Taking Off with fellow Rutle John Halsey doing some of the drums is more musically satisfying. Taking Off covers a lot of ground in its slightly wacky tunes, from hoedown country "Crystal Balls," which opens with the memorable line "I got my hand up the skirt of Mother Nature" and gospel-rock "God Is Love" to a moving ballad to an inflatable doll "Randy Raquel", a cheery murder mini-epic "Drama on a Saturday Night", and easy listening pop "La Vie en Rose", as well as "Shangri-La," which was eventually redone in the 1990s on the Rutles' second album. It doesn't all border on satire, however; much of it's pleasingly melodic, if wry, observational-oriented pop
ock that shows Innes to be a pretty able fellow traveler in the steps of fellow British icons Ray Davies and Paul McCartney. While The Innes Book of Records is similar to Taking Off, it suffers a little in comparison, mostly due to a more mainstream, occasionally AOR-ish dated late-'70s production feel. It still has enjoyably affectionate, if low-key, knock-ups of late-'60s John Lennon-penned Beatles songs "Montana Cafe" will find favor with Rutles admirers, lightly disco-fied '70s British pop "Here We Go Again", actual disco "Amoeba Boogie," one of the least effective tracks, British music hall, reggae "Human Race", Tin Pan Alley "Spontaneous", and Latin-lite easy listening "Etcetera". And there's still room for some pretty funny lyrics, à la "You're so spontaneous, please don't ever change."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/2005
  • Label: Hux Records
  • UPC: 682970000619
  • Catalog Number: 61

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crystal Balls (2:55)
  2. 2 Catch Phrase (2:46)
  3. 3 God Is Love (3:40)
  4. 4 Randy Raquel (3:20)
  5. 5 Shangri-La (3:49)
  6. 6 Drama on a Saturday Night (4:57)
  7. 7 Dreams Shine Through (3:48)
  8. 8 Busy Day (3:24)
  9. 9 Three Piece Suite (3:33)
  10. 10 La Vie en Rose (3:13)
  11. 11 Here We Go Again (3:18)
  12. 12 Montana Café (3:29)
  13. 13 All in the Name of Love (3:41)
  14. 14 Kenny & Liza (3:46)
  15. 15 Amoeba Boogie (4:25)
  16. 16 Theme (2:49)
  17. 17 Human Race (4:28)
  18. 18 Spontaneous (3:39)
  19. 19 Love Is Getting Deeper (3:32)
  20. 20 Etcetera (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Innes Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Henry Lowther Trumpet
Paul Travis Vocals
Brian Bowles Vocals
Billy Bremner Guitar
Richard Brunton Guitar
Sharon Campbell Vocals
Randy Colville Saxophone
Mitch Dalton Guitar
Timi Donald Drums
Martin Drover Trumpet
Stuart Elliot Drums
Stuart Elliott Drums
Willie Fahey Flute, Saxophone
Digby Fairweather Trumpet
Jon Field Conga
Keith Gemmell Saxophone
John Halsey Drums
Brian Hodgson Bass, Bass Guitar
Brian Holloway Guitar
Alan James Bass, Bass Guitar
Annie Kavanagh Vocals
Pat Kyle Saxophone
Brian Lemon Piano
Billy Livsey Keyboards
Bruce Lynch Bass, Bass Guitar
John Megginson Piano
John Mumford Trombone
Keith Nelson Banjo
Paul Nieman Trombone
Roger Rettig Guitar, Steel Guitar
Bill Skeat Saxophone
Julian Smedley Violin, Vocals
Dave Spence Trumpet
Pete Strange Trombone
Richard Studt Strings
Gary Travers Vocals
Peter Van Hooke Drums
Peter Vanhook Drums
Harvey Weston Bass
Tommy Whittle Saxophone
Dick Studt Strings, Leader
Richard Lee Double Bass
Sue Jones-Davies Vocals
Brian Holloway Guitar
Wille Fahey Flute, Saxophone
Yvonne Keeley Vocals
Harvey Weston Bass Guitar
Pat Kyle Saxophone
Annie Kavanagh Vocals
Bill Skeat Saxophone
Kenny Dukayne Vocals
Gary Travis Vocals
Randy Colville Saxophone
Brian Bowles Vocals
Technical Credits
Neil Innes Composer, Audio Production
Tom Newman Producer
David Charles Engineer
Steve James Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
John Altman Arranger, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Hugh Jones Engineer
John Megginson Arranger
John Stirling Executive Producer
Russell Pay Mastering
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